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Is it wise that they behave like a developer?

18 September, 2021

Islington Town Hall

• IN view of the Covid-19 related £5.3million hole in the Town Hall’s finances, revealed at the policy and performance scrutiny committee of September 9, is it a good idea for Islington Council to keep building housing for sale?

People are moving out of London in droves to live and work from home in smaller conurbations and many European Union citizens have moved to EU countries, as any EU country will be easily accessible to people with an EU passport (hence the current shortage of lorry drivers in the United Kingdom, and many UK citizens tracking down Irish ancestors to retain access to the EU).

Islington finance chief councillor, Satnam Gill, mentions the increased cost of materials due to Brexit and the flight of EU skilled workers. Not long ago he also mentioned the Islington population having shrunk by 10 per cent.

Islington’s plan is to build private housing across multiple estates, incidentally, cutting down mature trees to make space, as we saw at Dixon Clark Court at Highbury. Is it wise for our council to behave like a developer? Are we certain that it can manage its budget?

ANITA FRIZZARIN
Wedmore Gardens, N19

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